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CTMH Flash Sale! 24 hours only…

Have you been toying with the idea of putting some CTMH stamps and papers into your shopping cart, but haven’t yet? Today may be the perfect time to hit the BUY button!

The sale will begin at 3:00 pm (MST) [that is 4:00 pm CST and 5:00 pm EST!) on Friday, January 12, and end at 3:00 pm (MST) on Saturday, January 13! As with our previous flash sales, there are a few things to be aware of regarding this sale:

• Sale prices are only available on orders placed my Consultant website, while supplies last.
• The sale features current products, and we have a limited number of these items set aside for the sale. It’s likely that we will sell through this designated amount for several of the items in the sale, and once we do, that item will no longer be available, so shop early!
• All discounted items count towards Stamp of the Month qualification.
• Shipping and handling is based on the full retail value of the sale items.

You will also receive a FREE copy of the new Seasonal Expressions 1 catalog with your order.  

Don’t forget that when you spend $50 – you can get Bloom and Grow, this month’s Stamp of the Month, for just $5!  You can also buy it at retail!

These are samples made by other very talented CTMH consultants –
each is watermarked with their names.

CTMH Bloom and Grow SOTM collage



CTMH Chelsea Gardens & Mother’s Garden

CTMH Chelsea Gardens and Mother's Garden | springtime card | thinking of you | watercolor

We had an arctic freeze come over us here in the Northeast this past weekend and to get out of my “funk”, I pulled out some of my new CTMH stamps and papers.  Oh man…that did the trick and helped my morale!  I am totally in love with these new Chelsea Gardens papers in Close To My Heart’s new Seasonal Expressions 1 catalog.  There is a matching stamp set called Chelsea Gardens for cardmaking that I used here, and, I also used the sweet rain boots from their new stamp set:  Mother’s Garden.  These images were so easy to watercolor and although I fussy cut my images – there are thin cut dies that match BOTH of these stamp sets.  Ah, the color palette of this paper is so wonderful – every time I look at this card, I DO have Happy Thoughts!

Want to check out these new stamp sets?  You can find them here.

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heARTful stamping challenge Winners!

I was pretty excited to unpack my latest CTMH order – lots of fun goodies from the new Seasonal Expressions 1 catalog. Now to carve out some playtime! 🙂 Those little brownish/yellow shapes are cork!  I can’t wait to use  them.  I’m sure you know exactly what I mean…so many stamps, so little time! ha ha…

And now on to our heARTful stamping challenge winners roll call.

January’s prize winner is Karen Ladd!  

Congrats Karen – you won a $10 gift certificate with me.

The Top 3 has some new names this week…I appreciate everyone who participated and the entries were fabulous!  

15.  Vickie O’Dell

16.  Maria Rodriguez

21.  Fikreta

Congratulations to the winners – I was excited to see some new participants this week but of course, I appreciate my “regulars” as well!  XOXO

Please feel free to grab your blog badge and I hope everyone will be back for this week’s Anything Goes heARTful stamping challenge.

heARTful stamping challenge – Anything Goes


This month’s theme and monthly prize

Anything Goes + a stamp

Jan 7 –  14

Welcome to this week’s Anything Goes heARTful stamping challenge – This begins our first full week in the new year!  Baby it’s cold outside!  Did you get hit by an arctic blast these past few days too?  I was home from school for two days and it gave me a chance to get some stamping done – loved it!

If this is your first visit here, there are normally weekly Top 3 winners and a random winner from all of the participants receives the monthly prize drawing.   I am celebrating my First Anniversary with Close To My Heart and thought it would be fun to have a special prize package.  I’ve dug around and found some really great items but then I realized with the new Seasonal Inspirations catalog going LIVE soon (and it’s really fantastic!), I decided to let the winner pick out something with their special $10 gift voucher from me!  Winner will be announced on Monday, Jan 8.

This Week’s Inspiration

Cyndi is back after a holiday break (and well deserved!).  I love this sweet Valentine themed card using CTMH’s Punny Pals stamp set.  Punny Pals is this year’s Operation Smile stamp set – it’s where Close To My Heart donates $7 for each stamp set sold.  It’s a great cause and a super cute stamp!

CTMH Punny Pals | Valentines Day card

CTMH supplies:  Punny Pals stamp set


I’ve been trying to make a few extra birthday cards to have on hand and I was digging through some of my retired CTMH paper packs to start using up leftover scraps.  The sentiment is from CTMH’s Birthday Sparkles stamp set and I think this card turned out to be quite fun with the different colors and patterns.  Talk about quick and easy cardmaking!

CTMH Birthday Sparkles | handmade CAS birthday card

CTMH supplies:  Birthday Sparkles stamp set, Dreamin Big paper pack, White Daisy cardstock


Sometimes a card doesn’t quite turn out how you hoped.  It’s not “throw away” worthy (that happened to me in my last post here…not 100% happy with my card but there were parts I really liked so I couldn’t bear to throw it away.)  I hate the idea that the foliage would look really neat using the Rock n Roll technique and repeatedly stamped to fill in the entire background.  I think the colors are too different and thus didn’t blend as smoothly as I would’ve liked.  I do love the little pair of rain boots that comes in this CTMH stamp set – it’s called Mothers Garden and it’s in the new Seasonal Expressions 1 catty. 

CTMH Mothers Garden | Rock n Roll inking technique

CTMH supplies:  Mothers Garden stamp set, White Daisy cardstock, Sweat Leaf and Fern ink

I hope you join us!

Looking for past winners?  Check out this link here.

It’s simple to play along:

  • 2 entry limit per week
  • any stamp manufacturer is allowed
  • no digis please! 
  • please link back to this heARTful stamping Challenge to be eligible for the monthly prize!

CTMH Stargazer

CTMH Stargazer | emboss resist technique | boy card

Before Christmas a few of my Kindergartners gave me some gifts and I was so excited to work on personalized thank you notes for them. CTMH’s new stamp set called Stargazer was perfect for the little boy cards. I colored the different astronauts hair color to match each recipient. It was so fun (and so easy!!).

If you’ve been here before, you will know that one of my favorite techniques is the emboss resist technique.  This little background panel was a breeze to stamp with the various sky pieces included in the Stargazer stamp set.  I just white embossed them on some watercolor paper and then quickly brushed some Navy Splash I had leftover from my amuse|studio days.  Once the paper dried, I quickly buffed the white embossed images and that really made them pop.  

I’m not so keen on my spiky circle at the bottom of the card.  I had envisioned it looking a little better but I had thought that might be a fun way to highlight the sentiment.  I’ll have to go back to the drawing board for that one but in the meantime, my thank you notes are done.  woohoo!

Stargazer is just one of the great new stamp sets available in CTMH’s Seasonal Expressions 1 catty.  There is a matching Stargazer paper pack that is “out of this world” – ha ha!  Get it?!  Yeah, weak, I know!

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